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”Osechi” New Year’s Japanese food

 

Osechi New Year's Japanese food
”Osechi” is specially prepared New Year’s dishes to be eaten during the first three days of January.

Various kinds of beautifully prepared dishes are set in boxes.

Most dishes are cooked in order to be preserved for at least three days.

So women don’t have to cook during that period.

Each dish and ingredient in ”Osechi” has meanings, such as good health, good harvest, happiness, prosperity, long life, and so on.

I introduce some items of ”Osechi”.

<Osechi introduction>
昆布巻き Kobumaki
simmered konbu rolls. Rolled kelp with fish in it.

黒豆 Kuromame
simmered black soy beans
various beans imply a wish for good health.

 

栗きんとん Kurikinton
mashed sweet potato with sweet chestnuts
Literally, “Kurikinton” means “chestnut gold mash”,  symbolizing economic fortune and wealth for the new year.
It is not the same with “Kurikinton” of Wagashi(Japanese sweets).

 

田作り(ごまめ)Tazukuri
candied dried sardines

 

数の子 Kazunoko
salted herring roe
It’s said that yellow coloured dishes and ingredients such as kazunoko symbolize prosperity.

 

伊達巻 Datemaki
sweet omelette with fish paste.
To make it using special bamboo mat.


かまぼこ Kamaboko
fish cake
Try it with a little bit of soy source.
Red/pink and white coloured food, such as pink and white kamaboko slices represent celebration colours.

 

海老 Ebi
Lobster
Lobsters are for longevity because their bodies are bent like an old man’s.

 

なます Namasu
Pickled radish and carrot.
Namasu is made of radish and carrot in thin strips and pickled in sweetened vinegar with Yuzu flavour.


鯛  Tai
Sea bream
Symbolizing an auspicious event.

 

<Other New Year’s food>
お屠蘇 Otoso
We drink special named Japanese sake for cerebration, “Otoso”.
You can try to drink “Otoso”at shrines or temples during new year 3 days in Japan.

otoso new year  

雑煮 Zouni
Japanese eat New Year special soup “Zouni” at home.
Ingridients are vegetables, mochi(rice cake), meat fish and cake etc.
There are many types of “zouni” depending on local area in Japan.
Mochi is round shape or square shape.
Tastes of soup are different types of stocks, made of dashi(made of seaweed), dashi(made of seaweed or fish flakes) , dashi and miso or red beans etc.